Past President Column: Program, Awards, Social Hour

Krishna Kumar
V. Krishna Kumar, PhD

My second year as Past President was different from the past year as we had the benefit of an in-person APA conference in Minneapolis. This year again, I had the pleasure of serving as Program chair and working with Frank Farley serving as co-chair. If you were unable to attend the conference, here’s what you missed. 

There were many Division 46 program highlights. The symposium by Jerri Lynn Hogg, Tatiana Kaur, and Sean Thoennes: Metaverse, Humanitarian AI & Digital Identities: Designing for Good was scheduled in APA’s Featured Stage Roomand was offered for CE credits. We had three additional symposia offered for CE credits: (1) Don Grant & Barbara Nosel: How the Digital World Potentially Reinforces Insecure Attachment in Relationships; (2) Don Grant & Joanne Broder (Presidential Symposium): APA (Div. 46) Recommended Guidelines for Ethical, Safe, & Successful Professional Online Engagement; and (3) James Bray, V. K. Kumar, & Frank Farley: Psychological Science in the Media

There were other interesting informational sessions: (1) Ryan Hooper, Kathryn Stamoulis, & Allycin Powell-Hicks: Social Media 101: How to Launch Your Social Media Account for Private Practice; (2) Gayle Stever, David Ewoldsen, & Karen Shackleford: Social Interaction: Real and Imagined; (3) V. K. Kumar, Debbie Joffe Ellis, Stanley Krippner, & Frank Farley: Psychotherapy Booster Shots and the Role of Media; (4) Grant Rich, Katherine Marshall Woods, Syed Mohsen Fatemi, & Naji Abi Hashem: Psychology and Film: International and Cultural Perspectives ; (5) Pamela Rutledge, Konjit Page, & Scott Garner: Did You Hear Me? Qualitative Explorations of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Black Female Audience; (6) Erlanger Turner, Isha Metzger, Maryam M Jernigan-Noesi:  Ethical Use of Technology and Social Media to Promote Healing and Liberation. 

Additionally, 22 posters were presented, some of them presented virtually. We also co-listed several relevant sessions with other divisions, but I would particularly like to mention the ones we co-listed with Div 26 (Society for the History of Psychology): Frank Farley’s conversational hours with Judith Beck (Remembering Aaron Beck), Noam Chomsky, and Steven Pinker. Frank’s sessions with psychology luminaries have become a hallmark yearly tradition at APA Conventions with audience-packed auditoriums, often with people sitting on floors and standing wherever they can, and I have had the pleasure of attending most of them since I joined the APA.

Another highlight of this year’s program was our first ever, hybrid social hour with delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks where our President Don Grant presented annual awards (see 2022 Convention/Social Hour Photos section this issue) and recognized members for their contributions to the profession and the division (see Member News this issue for the listing of Award winners). This year’s awards committee consisted of me (chair), Kathryn Stamoulis, and Don Grant. 

Don’s lively and warm personality set a most welcoming tone for those who attended the social hour in person and virtually. The social hour was followed by another social hour, arranged by Don, at Can Can Wonderland, an impressive amusement center in a historic building with a restaurant, vintage arcade games, and indoor mini golf. I have never seen anything like this before—a wonder wonderland worth visiting! Thank you, Don.

I was deeply sorry to hear that my good friend Joseph Browne passed away on October 24, 2022, at the age of 84. He was a retired Professor of English at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He served most graciously as a consulting editor of The Amplifier Magazine for a decade reading and editing just about every article we received. I express my gratitude to him for his friendship and for his contributions to The Amplifier Magazine.

This is my last year as an executive Board Member. I had a rare opportunity of serving an additional year on the Board due to the resignation of Christopher Ferguson from APA. I would like to say that it has been a real pleasure to have worked with so many of our “divisionaries,” to use a word coined by Don Grant, over so many years in both official and non-official capacities. I am pleased to see new members are beginning to run for various offices and taking on more active roles to continue to move the division forward. 

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